PHMSA Update
Finally . . . HM-215N

Final Rule HM-215N

At long last, HM-215N is officially in place. The Department of Transportation was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, March 30, 2017. This much-anticipated final rule harmonizes the 49 CFR regulations with the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods—Model Regulations (UN Model Regulations), International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code), and the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions).

Some of the Notable Changes from HM-215N Include:

New entries in the hazardous materials table (HMT) including:

  • UN3527 Polyester Resin Kit, solid base material
  • UN3528 Engine, internal combustion, flammable liquid powdered or Machinery, internal combustion, flammable liquid powered
  • UN 3529 Engine, internal combustion, flammable gas powered or Engine, fuel cell, flammable gas powered or Machinery, internal combustion, flammable gas powered or Machinery, fuel cell, flammable gas powered
  • UN 3530 Engine, internal combustion or Machinery, internal combustion

Amended Proper Shipping names

UN 3151, Polyhalogenated biphenyls, liquid or Polyhalogenated terphenyls, liquid and

UN 3152, Polyhalogenated biphenyls, solid or Polyhalogenated terphenyls, solid by adding “Halogenated monomethyldiphenylmethanes, liquid” and “Halogenated monomethyldiphenylmethanes, solid”

New Special provisions including:

New special provision 422 is assigned to the HMT entries “UN 3480, Lithium ion batteries including lithium ion polymer batteries“; “UN 3481, Lithium ion batteries contained in equipment including lithium ion polymer batteries; “UN 3481 Lithium ion batteries packed with equipment including lithium ion polymer batteries“; “UN 3090, Lithium metal batteries including lithium alloy batteries“; “UN 3091, Lithium metal batteries contained in equipment including lithium alloy batteries“; and “UN3091, Lithium metal batteries packed with equipment including lithium alloy batteries“.

Updates to Hazard Class Labels

Section 172.407 requires that the inner border of the hazard class labels measure 2mm. A transition period was in place, and recently ended on December 31, 2016, however, HM-215N has provided further relief by extending the transition period to December 31, 2018 (for domestic transportation only)

Updates to Lithium Battery Labels

New lithium battery labelSection 172.447 was created to incorporate the new class 9 lithium battery label (the one with the lithium batteries in the center). There is a transition period in place to December 31, 2018.

Lithium Battery Section 173.185

Significant changes to both packaging and hazard communication requirements were amended.


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